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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Casa K in Rotterdam, Netherlands by PEÑA architecture

 
February 1st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PEÑA architecture

The former Kralings Museum at the Hoflaan has been transformed starting in 2010 into a luxury apartment building. The building contains three apartments with a communal entrance and an elevator that offers access to the upper floors. The Casa K project involves the street level apartment which consists of two layers: a ground floor of 195 m2 and a basement of 90 m2. The apartment has a garden of over 600 m2 .

reading area – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

  • Architects: PEÑA architecture
  • Project: Casa K
  • Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Photography: Cornelie de Jong, Gabriel Peña
  • Client: Confidential
  • Project architect: Gabriel Peña
  • Construction: Steinvoort BV
  • Furnitures: 13speciaal
  • Lighting: LichtNL
  • Gross floor area: 285 M2 , 600 M2 garden
  • Status: completed 2013

wooden cube with glass floor – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

A new design for the project Casa K has been developed for the two levels using and adapting the existing installation structure in de building. The design challenge was to turn the windowless basement and the ground floor into one unified space while still adhering to the city’s preservation requirements pertaining to the Hoflaan area. In addition, the architect had to design the interior including all the closets in the office, bedroom and storage room. The kitchen is fully customized based upon collaboration between the architect and the client. A lighting plan has been designed, and materials and colours for the whole house have been chosen.

wooden cube with glass floor and stairs – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

The key element of the design is a walnut cube which begins on the ground floor and protrudes through the first floor living room where the cube forms a raised platform. In the living room, the cube is surrounded by walkable glass. The cube determines by its size and position the division of the space and therefore provides a clear distinction between the front and rear parts of the living room.

wooden cube with glass floor looking from diner area – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Peña

The raised platform in the living room is suitable for various applications such as seating or lounging. The stairs to the cube give access to the basement where a small bathroom is built into the cube. The glass around the cube in the living room allows daylight to penetrate the basement. Three small windows in the street facade provide additional natural light.

living room with garden – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

Walnut is employed for the cube as well as for the cooking island and the office. The combination of walnut with the colour black is an integral element in the apartment. Thus, the handrail is made out of black painted steel, like the kitchen door. In the kitchen and the hallway, black fittings are used.

The closets in the house are of different colours. In the kitchen, the cabinets are finished in an aluminium colour. The bookshelves in the reading area are in dark grey stained wood .

living room and kitchen looking from diner area – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

kitchen looking toward living room – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

kitchen – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

kitchen – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

wooden cube/stairs with glass ceiling – basement floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

wooden cube/stairs with glass ceiling – basement floor, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Peña

wooden cube/stairs – basement floor, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Peña

wooden cube/stairs with glass ceiling and small bedroom, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

wooden cube/stairs with glass ceiling and small bedroom, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

wooden cube looking towards small bedroom – basement floor, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Peña

wooden cube looking towards working space – basement floor, Image Courtesy © Gabriel Peña

master bathroom – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

master bathroom – ground floor, Image Courtesy © Cornelie de Jong

Image Courtesy © PEÑA architecture

Image Courtesy © PEÑA architecture

Image Courtesy © PEÑA architecture

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